- Espresso machine with stainless-steel boiler makes 1 or 2 shots
- Special sempre crema filter holder produces authentic crema
- Adjustable steam emission with swivel jet frother
- 35-ounce, removable water tank for easy filling
- Measures 11-1/2 by 8-1/2 by 7-1/4 inches; 1-year warranty
DeLonghi EC140B Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Reviews
Excellent combination of low price + high quality (By Jose Mario Vides)
When i read the opinions of the “experts” about the needed of heat exchanger espresso machines to obtain good espresso at home and see the price of this machines in the range of $600 to $1000, i think it hurts to spend this quantity of money in a machine for your home, then i asked to an Italian friend who owns a caff near to my house about:
What machine do they use in Italy at home to make a real espresso? and the answer was “Delonghi”.
I ordered one in amazon.com and coupled with a cheap La Pavoni burr grinder and the bodum canteen double wall espresso glasses plus recently roasted espresso coffee beans and without so much dollars invested i enjoy of the best espresso at my home, better than the espressos i drink in any caff of my country El Salvador, even better than the Espressos that my Italian friend makes in his Caff with a professional Nuova Simonelli machine, you can obtain excellent espresso with tons of crema and better taste than any commercial caff, my espresso is not bitter and with tons of crema.
I am an Espresso purist, i make double ristrettos and drink it without sugar and this machine is really an excellent combination of low price with the highest quality.
Is important to use recently roasted coffee, the right blend for espresso, recently grinded coffee, 30 lb tamping, to obtain excellent espressos with this machine.
You’ll need a good grinder (By N. Caine)
I owned the maker for a while. It’s far better than many of the Krups and other models typically for sale at department stores. If you want an espresso, you’ll need a pump machine. Many cheap machines will say “steam driven” or otherwise have “steam” in the title: what this means is that they lack a pump and merely use steam pressure to get now overly superheated water to flow through the fine espresso grinds. (By the way, “espresso” is, for all intents and purposes, a grind, not a roast. It is a very fine powdery grind, just shy of Turkish grind.) This results in charred burnt espresso, with little or no crema.
This DeLonghi, by contrast, does a fine little job of pumping. In addition, it uses a small stainless steel boiler — not a superheated “thermoblock” [which means the water is run over a heating coil, not heated within a boiler].
That said, the only way to get an espresso, meaning a coffee drink in which properly heated water is compressed through a powdery grind of freshly roasted beans, and thus producing a chemical reaction which releases a frothy caramel colored liquid (called “crema”), is by using a very good grinder to produce a very fine, even grind. This machine, when coupled with a Gaggia MDF or Rancilio Rocky, or at the most economical, an Innova Lux or Solis Maestro Plus, and beans roasted within two weeks prior, can produce good espresso.
As to cappuccino, the machine does a fine job for the price in steaming milk. In order to do this, though, you must “temperature surf” the thermostat. What this means is that you steam while the boiler is heating. It’s simple: start steaming your milk and you’ll find that the steam power will run out in about 15 seconds.
At that time the light for the boiler will come on, indicating the boiler is engaged. Instead of closing the steam valve and waiting for the light to go off, just close the steam valve for a few seconds, and then open it again, as you continue steaming the milk with the light still on (and hence the boiler still heating). This will give adequate steaming power.
I don’t believe you can really get a better espresso or cappuccino maker for under $150. If you want to go for a huge step up, consider buying a Gaggia Carreza. It’s worth the extra money.
great as long as it lasts (By Ulrike Schatz)
I bought my Delonghi machine in August and as of yesterday it has died. While it was working I was quite happy though – great coffee latte. The only thing was that it was leaking through the steam wand and made a big mess on the counter but I took care of theat by moving the wand above the drip tray. I’m disappointed that it didn’t last longer. I’m upgrading to a Gaggia.
One thing I learned: Don’t write reviews right after purchase and don’t trust reviews written right after purchase
Impressed (By Michael J. Khorsandi)
For the price this machine brews some amazing espresso. I used to have a steam driven machine, from which I obtained reasonably good results. This new pump machine blows that old machine away. I am impressed with the consistent coffee. The color and amount of crema is consistent. The coffee flows quickly and the steamed milk is consistently frothy. The built in tamper is located nicely on the machine. It is made of plastic, but it does not feel flimsy. I may upgrade to a separate tamper soon. I am still a graduate student, so this machine was a nice upgrade over my previous machine. It does not cramp my small kitchen’s counter compared to larger machines, and it did not kill my wallet.
I just re-checked my original receipt and found that I purchased this DeLonghi in Nov. 2000 for $179 from the Hammacher-Schlemmer catalog. At that time, it was featured as their “BEST” coffee maker, and since I have been using this little machine for over 6 years, I think it deserves a 5-star rating!
Here are my tricks so that this machine performs at it’s best (remember, it is NOT the $1,000 machine!). My focus is on a very good expresso with a minimum of fuss, and here’s how I do it:
– I ground the beans for a couple years (getting the grind exactly right is of key importance with ALL expresso machines), but then I discovered expresso “pods”. Pods are individual servings of expresso powder vacuum packed between thin sheets of filter paper. You insert a single pod in the filter holder (designed for pods). After brewing, the used pod drops out and you discard it – with NO mess! A box of 12 pods (regular or decaf) is sold at Starbucks for about $5.00.
– in the morning, when I am bleary-eyed, it takes me a total of 3 minutes to have my latte (2 min. warm-up, about 1 min. pump-through)
– use the supplied spout diverter so that you are making 2 shots with ONE portion of coffee (grinds or pods). Don’t expect to put a huge coffee mug under the spout – if you don’t want to splurge on the little expresso glass (about $4 at Starbucks) then just use any liquor shot glass, maybe one with a little vacation spot logo on it to make you smile in the morning!
– here is probably the biggest tip of all if you are a latte person – these small machines (under $100 type) are not the best or the quickest at frothing milk to a very hot temperature with a very stiff foam, which is what I like. So here’s what I do…